StatusNet 1.0 is Open For Business (but not yet)
In March of 2010, StatusNet launched our first-generation software-as-a-service offering, the StatusNet Cloud Service. Our users responded enthusiastically, creating over 45,000 sites in one of the service's three plans – personal, community, and private.
As our software approaches its 1.0 release in early 2011, we will be launching a new SaaS product to go with it. StatusNet OnDemand, focused on businesses and organizations, will make it even easier to create a new enterprise network and connect with colleagues.
We have taken a few steps today to prepare for the StatusNet OnDemand launch.
As of today, we are deferring new signups on the StatusNet Cloud Service. New users are invited to sign up for a sneak-peek invitation to StatusNet OnDemand when we begin its release.
All sites currently on the StatusNet Cloud Service will remain active and supported. If you currently have a personal or community site on the StatusNet cloud, you don't have to worry about moving or changing it.
If you have a private site on the StatusNet cloud, we will invite you to try the new StatusNet OnDemand product at launch time.
We've changed the logo, branding, and navigation on the status.net site to reflect the new theme of the upcoming StatusNet 1.0. (Thanks to our friends at Say Yeah! for such a great new look, and Sammy for synching the software and Web site.)
We've streamlined the more confusing parts of our Web site to make it easier to find out about how the software works and what it does.
Of course, all our software remains 100% Open Source. The section of the site dedicated to managing our software project -- plugin directory, bug tracker, wiki -- remains intact.
And if you're looking for a new personal or community site, you've got a lot of choices. First, you can download the software and install it on your own site or Web hosting. Our friends at GNU Social have a nice personal service at daisycha.in. In addition, hosting services like Dreamhost provide a one-click install.
We think that a more focused SaaS system will make it easier for companies to get on track with StatusNet. And we hope you're as excited as we are with the upcoming changes to the platform.